Monday, July 12, 2010

A Little Big Mac

Last night at work I was wasting time by looking through the Tasty Kitchen website. I have a profile, but never use it. So I decided to look around for fellow bloggers and bakers to add as friends. One of the ladies I found has a blog called Simply Scratch. I clicked on "Simply Savory" because I'm naughty like that and found this: Mini Mac Sliders. The thought of avoiding fast food all together and making my favorite meals excited me...alot! So instead of making sliders I made them into just smaller portioned burgers. Not that I'm too good for sliders, its just that the buns I made from scratch got way too big for the amount of meat I had to go on it. It pretty much would have looked ridiculous to have an ity bity patty on a huge bun, I don't think so. Instead of 4 sliders, this recipe is for 2 perfect portioned burgers.
-The Buns-
These buns are my mom's homemade recipe. I love these! I'm never buying store bought buns ever again!
This is what you need (for 4 buns):
-2 cups flour
-1 package of yeast
-3/4 cup of warm water
-1 tbsp milk
-1 tbsp softened butter
-1 tbsp sugar
-1 tsp salt
First you need to pour the package of yeast onto the 3/4 cup of warm water. Let it sit for a couple of minutes. Yeast is such an weird little fungi.
Then in a medium size bowl add all the other ingredients together. Once you feel like the yeast mixture has done enough work you can add it into the dry-ish mixture. (Look! As promised I sucked it up and used my new measuring spoons! Aren't they pretty!?!)
Then after you get everything mixed up good, get a new small bowl and drizzle it with some olive oil. Drape a towel over the bowl and let it rise for 30 minutes. Once the buns have risen for 30 minutes, grease a baking sheet and split the dough into 4 individual buns. Place the towel over the buns again and let it rise for 30 more minutes. Preheat an oven at 350 degrees and bake the buns for approximately 20 minutes (you just have to watch them) and then let them cool for 10 minutes. Ta da!

For the Not-So-Secret-Sauce:
-1/4 cup Mayo
-1 tbsp French dressing
-3 tbsp Sweet Pickle Relish
-1/2 tbsp finely minced Onion
-1 tsp White Vinegar
-1 tsp Sugar
-Dash of Salt

Combine all the goodies into a small bowl and mix it up good. I love my's from Pier 1 :)
Once combined, place it in a bowl and let it cool in the fridge for 20-30 minutes so that the yummies can marry.

For the Fries:
-Any potato of your choice (I used Petite Golden Potatoes) cut
-Olive Oil
-Fry Seasoning (or salt, pepper, garlic powder or season salt)
Preheat your broiler. Then cut your potatoes into the size slices you prefer.Place the potatoes on a baking sheet.  Drizzle with oil and then sprinkle seasoning on top. I got my fry seasoning from Crate and Barrel, and it is fabulous! Get your hands dirty and mix it all up. Then place the baking sheet on the top shelf of your oven and broil it up good until the potatoes are golden brown. It takes about 10 minutes for smaller potatoes.

For the Burger (makes 2):
-1/2 lb of Turkey Burger (you can use beef, I won't judge)
-1/2 of a Green Onion Chopped
-1 tsp Olive Oil
-1/3 tsp Salt
-1/3 tsp Pepper
Combine in a bowl and then grill it up good. Once cooked, place a slice of cheddar cheese on top and let it melt on top. Yum!
Put the burger all together however you like it. I added lettuce to mine cuz I like it like that.

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